The entertainment world may be busy heralding Johnny Depp’s “comeback” role as James “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass (read our review). However, it remains to be seen if the film will mark a creative resurgence for Depp (or even lead him to Oscar gold this coming awards season). After all, the actor was among the most underrated stars in Hollywood long before he complained about his missing rum as Captain Jack Sparrow. Everyone knows about Depp’s memorable, Oscar-nominated turns in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street., but here are five of his best — and most underappreciated — big-screen turns. Continue reading
Throughout the 1990s, Johnny Depp was often regarded as one of Hollywood’s most charismatic and underrated young talents. In fact, some of his best roles remain among his most frequently unacknowledged ones (don’t believe us?). That all changed thanks to a bizarre new character named Jack Sparrow. However, the quirky, beloved lead of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has proven to be a double-edged sword for Depp. While his celebrity has soared to new heights in the last 12 years, Depp’s box office success has been far too inconsistent in recent years, with even fewer of his performances winning over critics. Long before its release, buzz circulated that Black Mass could be the film to put the actor back on top. Well, is it?
In this week’s Montage, we take a look at the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Cameron Crowe’s romantic dramedy Aloha starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, and the race relations satire Dear White People.
In Episode 14 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob and Kai chat about writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, The Visit, as well his filmography to date. Investigate with us as we attempt to figure out if the elderly are evil or just plain old. Plus, we defend Shyamalan’s Unbreakable as his best film, and Rob sings the praises of indie comedy Dear White People.
The trajectory of writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s career has been one filled with just as many twists and turns as one of his films. Although The Sixth Sense established him as a bold new filmmaker back in 1999, the director’s tactics soon began to wear thin on audiences who grew tired of his focus on shocking endings and self-indulgence. Remember, this is the man who cast himself as a writer whose story would change the world in the 2006 pseudo-fairy tale Lady in the Water. Critical disasters like The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth followed, leading many to question whether the man who was once heralded as the next Alfred Hitchcock was gone forever. The Visit, his latest release, offers the long-awaited answer.